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article imagePaterson, NJ ponders adult curfew

By Bob Ewing     Aug 19, 2009 in Lifestyle
A series of shootings have Paterson, New Jersey officials considering implementing an adult curfew in a bid to curb the violence. is reporting that experts believe this would be the nation's first curfew of its type to include adults.
"We're trying to think outside the box," said Mayor Jose Torres. "This was triggered predominantly by fear among city residents over the shootings that have been occurring this summer."
WBZ news reports a 29-year-old Paterson man was shot in his car last week. This shooting was the latest chapter in a battle between rival groups.
The state ACLU says implementing the curfew for adults opens Paterson to legal action.
Ed Barocas, legal director of the state ACLU, said "An adult curfew is unprecedented in our state."
The curfew would bar people from loitering outside from midnight to 7 a.m. It would last for two months. A fine of up to $2,000 and 90 days in jail would be the cost of violating the curfew.
City officials are in the process of finding out if the plan can withstand legal challenges.
Should the curfew pass City Council on Sept. 1, it will be necessary to hold a a second vote and a public hearing for it to take effect.
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